Jerome D. "Donnie" Klein
Department of New Mexico
Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico
Stories of returning veterans
American Legion Programs
Post Service Officer: Jerry Ligon
American Legion Services
* Law Enforcement Memorial Day is Wednesday May 15. Post 79 will honor law enforcement personnel with a flag lowering ceremony at the Ruidoso Police Department at 8 a.m. Please join us in recognizing the sacrifice these people and their families make to keep us and our property safe.
* A Flag retirement ceremony is scheduled for June 14, Flag Day, at the Veterans Center. We will properly dispose of worn and torn American Flags. The public is invited to the ceremony. If you have a flag that needs to be retired, contact Commander Harold Oakes at the Ruidoso News, 257-4001 or drop the flag off at the Ruidoso News office.
* Join us Saturday, June 15 for the monthly meeting at the Post. This meeting will be held at the Veterans Center, 201 Second Drive, Ruidoso Downs. The time of the monthly meeting is 2 p.m. We will have a pot-luck cook before the meeting, starting around 11 a.m. The work day starts at 9 a.m. and hopefully we can get some additional help to work on the center before the lunch and meeting. All veterans and their families are invited to participate and will be welcome.
Post 79 has relocated to a new and bigger home at 201 Second Drive in Ruidoso Downs. Work is currently underway to clean up and fix up the main building here to accommodate a meeting room, office and kitchen area. Contact Commander Harold Oakes for more information.
Our regular monthly meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m.
The meeting dates for 2013 are:
May 11 (Changed because of the White Oaks fundraiser May 18)
2013 Holidays and observances
Monday, May 6 - Nurses Day
Wednesday, May 15 - Peace Officer Memorial Day (ceremony at 8 a.m. at Ruidoso Police Department)
Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day (place flags on veteran's graves in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruidoso)
Friday, June 14 - Flag Day
Thursday, July 4 - Independence Day
Monday, September 2 - Labor Day
Wednesday, September 11 - Patriots Day
Friday, September 20 - POW/MIA Day
Sunday, September 29 - Gold Star Mother's Day
Monday, November 11 - Veterans Day
Thursday, November 28 - Thanksgiving Day
Saturday, December 7 - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Wednesday, December 25 - Christmas Day
Wednesday, December 31 - New Year's Eve
Post 79 Officers
Welcome home. For me the American Legion is about family. Our family of veterans, united by our service to our country in times of conflict. United by our concern for each other and our families. United in our understanding of what it means to serve. United by our love of country and our dedication to preserve our way of life. Post Commander Harold Oakes
Post Vice Commander Dana Terlecky
Acting Post Finance Officer Cindy Oakes
About the American Legion
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nationís largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
Requirements for American Legion Membership
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